Mobile Fishbowl
An aquatic sapient brings water with it to travel on land.


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Regardless of whether you have Fish People, merfolk, shark men, or some other variation on aquatic sapients this wiki hasn't come up with yet, because Atlantis Is Boring they all have one thing in common: they sometimes have to interact with non-aquatic species. Unfortunately, some of them only have gills and would suffocate if they tried to go to the surface unassisted. Others have issues with drying out or would be crushed by their own weight without water supporting their bodies (this is an issue for beached whales in real life).

The obvious solution? They bring water along with them.

The inverse of an Artificial Gill, which allows terrestrial organisms to breathe underwater. Compare Artificial Limbs.

Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Teacher Iruka in Jewelpet Sunshine is a pink dolphin who walks around inside a fish tank, which the students find it very weird about him during his first time teaching the students.
  • Fujimoto in Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is forced to take a back-mounted machine with him whenever he ventures onto dry land, as it carries a vat of salt water that he must spray around himself to keep himself humidified. Still, he is biologically human, which requires him to wear a bubble underwater.
  • In the Tokyo Mew Mew spinoff manga Petite Mew Mew (an Alternate Universe in kindergarten), all the girls show characteristics of their infused animal DNA -- in Lettuce's case, her lower half is a porpoise tail. She is always shown partially submerged in a body of water, such as a wading pool or a giant fishbowl.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • Aquaman has a special suit filled with water for missions on land. It ends up saving the life of Martian Manhunter in Tower of Babel.
  • Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner can breathe on dry land, but he's a mutant. The other denizens of Atlanta have to wear water bowls when they're above the surface.
  • A group of Atlantis characters popped up in The Savage Dragon from time to time, with aquatic "breathing" gear to use to go on land for an invasion. This was a Running Gag in which the gear always malfunctioned in someway, killing all of them.
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
  • Minion from Megamind is a piranha-like fish in a robotic gorilla suit.
  • Fish Out Of Water from Chicken Little wears a scuba helmet filled with water in order to interact with Chicken Little and the others.
  • Gill, Deb and the other captives in the dentist's fish tank in Finding Nemo use the fact that they've been put in clear baggies of water while the tank is being cleaned to make their escape to the sea. This involves bopping the baggies forward through a building and across a busy roadway. Good news: they succeed. Bad news: they have no idea how to get out of the baggies.
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[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
  • Variation in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Negotiations are taking place on a sandbar, but since Davey Jones is cursed to be unable to set foot on land, he's standing in a big wooden bucket of seawater, with several others visible behind him.
  • In the Hellboy films, psychic fish man Abe sometimes wears a water goggles and water tanks when he is out of his tank. The comics explain that this is more to keep him from drying out than to help him breathe; he has both lungs and gills.
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[[folder:Folklore and Mythology]]
  • The kappa, a river-dwelling creature of Japanese folklore, has a deep depression in its head that is full of water, which is the source of its power. If you bow to it, it will bow back, spilling the water on its head and draining it of its power.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • In X: Farnham's Legend a Boron, the resident species of squid-people, is shown walking around a space station built for terrestrial species in a pressure suit filled with water.
  • In Un Lun Dun, there's a character called Skool who walks around in a diver's suit full of water. Skool is a sentient school of assorted aquatic creatures, mostly fish. It's that kind of book.
  • In One Hundred Years From Now, the book upon which Guest from the Future is based, one of the episodic characters is an alien aquatic horse moving around in a large walking aquarium.
  • Downplayed in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which notes on occasion that ships crewed by Mon Calamari are usually kept very humid. This is good for the amphibious Mon Cals, not so much for more humanlike species.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation the Benzites are a semi-aquatic race who have a special attachment to their uniforms which blows a fine mist in the direction of their faces on a regular basis so they can continue to breathe.
  • The Hath in the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Daughter" breathe a nutrient liquid, and have to wear a mask containing a flask of it while in Earthlike atmospheres.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
  • The Far Side has a fish using a contraption like a diving suit with a line attaching it to a fishbowl.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Bob The Killer Goldfish from Earthworm Jim is a regular goldfish in a bowl who gets carried around by a musclebound cat minion.
  • The Sergetti in the Space Empires series are an aquatic species that have established an intergalactic empire with their knowledge of crystalline technology. They build spaceships that carry the oceans of their homeworld into space with them.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
  • Once in Two Lumps the Angry Fish goes after Snooch with a water-filled (and bubble-topped) tank.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • In Futurama, the Professor's rival, Wernstrom, makes one of these for his goldfish as his entry for the science symposium.
  • Played straight by the main cast of SpongeBob SquarePants when they use a glass dome filled with water to do a concert in a human stadium.
  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! has a fish who travels with the group in a fish bowl.
  • Klaus of American Dad! holds the rim of his bowl and hops around in it.
  • In the Family Guy parody of Return of the Jedi, the commander of the Rebel fleet is a fish (Klaus from American Dad!) that pilots a robot body from a water filled globe at the head.
  • Dr. Wasabi from Chop Socky Chooks is a tiny shark who travels around in an astronaut-style suit filled with water.
  • T-Ray and his mooks from Tiger Sharks are water-breathing creatures from a planet that dried up. They are now trying to conquer a watery planet; the one upon which the series take place. Since the other group of villains (and their occasional allies) cannot breathe water, they have used water filled suits at least once.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Ambergris Element". At the end of the episode two Aquans (aliens who can only breathe water) are shown on the bridge of the Enterprise wearing water-filled helmets on their heads.
  • Fishface from the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has both water mounted on his gills, as well as artificial legs.
  • Ben 10: Omniverse has the pisceans who travel on land not wearing helmets, but suits that circulate water through them.
  • Fishtronaut is an enviro-friendly animated mystery series in which Secret Agent Fishtronaut (named so because he's a fish who flies around in an astronaut suit) explores the world's many mysteries above and below water in a unique way.
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Indices:Aquatic Animal Tropes, Fantastic Sapient Species Tropes, Instant Index Just Add Water, Mer Tropes, Otherness Tropes, Sublime Rhyme


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